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Muting notifications will make you check your phone more - not less

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Muting notifications has been described as one way to help combat smartphone addiction, but a new study suggests it may not be as effective as previously thought. Researchers in Pennsylvania have surveyed over 100 people on their smartphone use, and whether they have notifications on or off. They found muting notifications can be'psychologically distressing' and makes smartphone users check their phone more – not less. Having notifications off is particularly stressful for people who suffer from'fear of missing out' (FoMO) – the belief that friends and relatives are having fun without us. The new results appear to contradict findings of another study published last month, which named disabling notifications as the best tactic for cutting phone use.

The countries with the highest rates of SMARTPHONE ADDICTION revealed

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A new study has revealed the nations with the highest rates of smartphone addiction – and surprisingly, the UK is not even in the top 10. Researchers at McGill University used data on smartphone use between 2014 and 2020 from nearly 34,000 participants in 24 countries around the world. China, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia had the highest rates of smartphone use, they found, while Germany and France had the lowest. Amazingly, the UK only ranked 16th out of 24 nations, while the US was even further behind, ranked 18th. Smartphone ownership and screen time are increasing across the world, but there have been few attempts to quantify smartphone addiction on a global scale.

Time spent on smartphones 'isn't bad for mental health', study says

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Spending time on your smartphone scrolling through social media and replying to messages isn't bad for mental health, psychologists say. Analysing both Android and iPhone users, the British researchers found time spent on a smartphone to be a poor predictor of anxiety, depression or stress. People who scored highly on depressive symptoms, meanwhile, were not found to use their smartphone any more than those with low depressive symptoms. Worrying about how much time you spend on your smartphone – rather than actual time spent on it – is more likely to be the cause of any negative psychological impact, the experts say. 'It is important to consider actual device use separately from people's concerns and worries about technology,' said study author Heather Shaw of Lancaster University's Department of Psychology.

Five ways Android P changes how you will (or won't) use your phone


Google has pulled a surprising switcheroo, designing Android P to help you reduce your smartphone usage, while also making it less irritating and more approachable. To pull that off, it added a big dose of artificial intelligence smarts, iPhone X-like swiping gestures, and a new "digital wellbeing" dashboard. It may even help with that perennial smartphone issue: Battery life. Should you decide to try Android P -- and you can, today, on a variety of devices via the public beta -- here's a guide to the major features that could make you more efficient and less attached to your smartphone, in a good way. Smartphones are getting longer, slimmer and the screen is taking up more of your device's real estate.

10 tips for improving smartphone battery life

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

It's not enough to celebrate Christmas. Many people want to document every moment through Twitter, Instagram or other social media. It really doesn't matter what kind of smartphone you have: the more these devices are capable of, the more pressure it puts on the battery. If your smartphone is petering out before you're ready to, consider these ten tips to prolonging battery life between charges. Turn down the brightness of your smartphone screen a good deal as it will help preserve battery life.